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Having a baby is a life changing experience for most parents. As a parent, you find yourself living a life that is different from everything you have experienced before - and that is a good thing. While your baby's needs comes first, that doesn't mean that your life should be put on pause. 

In this section you can find useful tips on how to connect with your baby from their first moments of life so you can make the most of this magical time. At the same time, you can read more on how you can take care of yourself while raising a baby and finding a balance between parenthood and adulthood. 

Finally, here is where you can read more about what other parents with babies say about the benefits of playgroup. Being able to socialise with someone who is in a similar situation as yours is by far the top benefit for parents to attend playgroup, but this is not all...

Playgroup NSW is offering a free one year membership to all parents whose babies are under 12 months old. Click here to learn more.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Bonding with your child can take different shapes, depending on the stage of development your child is at. This video will help you learn some everyday practical ways you can use to connect and communicate with your 0-6 month old baby.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Talking with your baby helps with bonding and it also helps them to learn and develop language and communication skills. Watch this video to find out some practical ways you can use to connect with your 7-17 month year old baby.

  • Raising Children Network

    Fri 11-Nov-16

    Babies give cues about their immediate needs throught their behaviour and body language. It's important to accurately identify and understand your baby's cues to offer them what they need. Watching these videos--change to: In the Play Baby area of our website, you can view a series of videos produced by Raising Children Network (including link: raisingchildren.net.au) that will help you discover some useful tips & tricks to help you understand your baby's signals and respond to their needs.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Wed 14-Dec-16

    Is your baby keeping you awake at night? Do you usually get just a few hours of sleep every night and then have to rush through the day with your energy tank empty?

    Sleep deprivation occurs often in parents with young babies, so don’t beat yourself up just yet. There are ways to overcome the lack of sleep - and one of them is by making sure that you get enough energy from eating a healthy diet.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 15-Nov-16

    Parents suffering from perinatal depression can find support in dedicated or community playgroups. Click to find out more.

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Why start a playgroup?

  • You would like to transition a mother’s group or new parent’s group to a playgroup

If your local mother’s or new parent’s group is interested in continuing to meet as your children get older, forming a playgroup is a great option.

Often parents will find it difficult to continue to meet at cafes or in similar environments once children are older and more active. Playgroup provides a dedicated space for children to play, allowing parents to continue to connect.

  • There is no local playgroup

If you don’t have a playgroup close to home, why not consider starting one? Not only is this more convenient for local parents, it also helps bring communities together.

  • You would like to focus on a language, culture or particular interest

Playgroup NSW provides a range of special interest playgroups including culturally specific playgroups, grandparent’s playgroups, LGBTI playgroups and disability-focused playgroups. If you’re looking for a playgroup with a special interest or focus, we can help you start one.

Interested in starting a playgroup? Playgroup NSW can help you get started.

There are 10 steps involved in starting a playgroup:

  1. Find interested families
  2. Identify the playgroup’s purpose
  3. Select a day of the week and time
  4. Choose an appropriate location
  5. Identify play activities
  6. Select toys and equipment
  7. Establish policies and guidelines
  8. Join Playgroup NSW
  9. Identify costs
  10. Get started!

To read more about each of these steps, read our guide on How to Start a Playgroup.

Playgroup NSW are here to help you at all stages of the process

Playgroup NSW offers a membership package with insurance coverage designed specifically for playgroups.

Contact us if you:

  • Want to start a playgroup
  • Want to affiliate an existing playgroup with Playgroup NSW
  • Already run a playgroup that has adequate insurance coverage and would like to access some of the services provided by Playgroup NSW

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Bubbles can provide hours of fun and fascination for your baby. If they are too young to blow the bubbles themselves, they will enjoy watching the bubbles float and burst.

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